For ALL Researchers
Major Additions to My FGS Files
I have just uploaded both the new 'alphabetical' and 'by family' FGS files. There are almost 1,000 new names. A few more subnissions, and we'll have over 28,000 names.
Is your VCR Y2K compliant?
Here is something I bet you hadn't thought would be an issue for Y2K. You won't be able to use the programmed recording feature on your VCR. Do not throw away your VCR in the year 2000. Set it on 1972 because the days will be the same. Please pass this on, because you know the manufacturer will not share this information -- they will want you to buy a new one that is Y2K compliant. [Return to Top]
Virginia Archive Patents & Grants Are Now Online
The Virginia Archives have gone online with their Patents & Grants! Now we have access to the originals -- no more $4/item copy fee! There is an
Index, where you can look up what's available by either date or name. From there (they are pictures of the card file), you can click to see a .tiff image of the actual deed. You'll need a program that can view .tiff images (your browser won't), but if you don't have one, there's one available at the site.
LDS To Go Online With Data
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church says it will put at least some of its family-history archive -- the world's largest -- on the World Wide Web. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a statement Friday about the plan on its official Web site, http://www.lds.org. One leader said last year the church has archived the names of 13 billion people from 110 countries. "There are millions and millions of records just in their International Genealogy Index alone, and millions more in their ancestral files, and both of those are electronic databases," Karen Clifford, president and CEO of Genealogical Research Associates, said Saturday in The Salt Lake Tribune. [Return to Top]
USGS Adds DRGs to the web --
What the heck is a "DRG"? A DRG is a "Digital Raster Graphic" or, in simpler terms, a digital picture of a USGS 7½° by 7½° quad (quadrangle / map). Rather than paying $4 for one of these, you can download it from the web. You can then use a program that reads .tif files to view & and zoom your way around the map. If you don't have such a program, you can get DLGV32 free from USGS (D/L "dlgv32-3_6.exe").
USGS changes map-CD content & price --
Until last Oct. ('98), USGS was selling DRGs on CDs. Each CD covered a 1° by 1° area, and contained 1 ea. 200k scale map, 2 ea. 100k maps, & 64 ea. 7½° by 7½° 24k scale maps. The price was $35 per CD plus $3.50 S&H.
Satellite photos available on the web --
Want to see a close-up view of your home from declassified satellite pictures -- or maybe where Uncle George's farm was? Take a look at TerraServer, where a combination of U.S. & Russian government recon photos are available in one of the biggest databases in the World. You can select by place name or Lat/Lon. [Return to Top]